Local Elections 2019: Candidate nominations open on Friday 18 July 2019 Are you ready to stand up and be a leader in our district? Then consider running for mayor, council, your local community board or for the Waikato Regional Council. The nomination period begins today – Friday 19 July – and closes at noon on Friday 16 August. If you don’t feel ready to take on this opportunity, you may know somebody who would make an excellent elected member – have a chat with them and encourage them to stand as a candidate. Elected members come from all walks of life and we want to ensure this diversity continues, so that our Council and community boards are representative of all our communities. Nomination forms will be available from tomorrow on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/elections. For the first time, we're using editable PDFs which you can type directly into. Download the right form, save it, type directly into the form, then print it, sign it and submit it - details are below. You can also pick up the forms at any of our Council offices, or call the electoral office on 0800 922 822 to request them. The 2019 Candidate Information Handbook contains all the information you need to know to be a candidate in the local government elections. You can download it from our website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/elections or pick up a copy at any of our Council offices. It provides a good summary of the roles of the various elected positions, the workloads, the pay, the rules that elected members work within, the role of our Council, and the legislative framework local government works within. To be eligible to stand for election, you must be: A New Zealand citizen; and Enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and Nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the area where you are standing as a candidate. For example, if you want to run for Council in the Thames Ward, the two people who nominate you must be on the electoral roll in the Thames Ward. To be on the Parliamentary electoral roll you must be 18 or over. To check if you're on the Parliamentary electoral roll and that your details are up to date, go to the New Zealand Electoral Commission website. The elections are being held for: Mayor – elected ‘at large’ Councillors – 8 Coromandel-Colville Ward – 1 Mercury Bay Ward – 2 South Eastern Ward – 2 Thames Ward – 3 Community Board members – 20 Coromandel-Colville Community – 4 Mercury Bay Community – 4 Tairua-Pauanui Community – 4 Whangamata Community – 4 Thames Community – 4 Waikato Regional Council – either one member from Thames-Coromandel General Constituency, or one member from the Nga Tai ki Uta Maori Constituency. There will be no election for the Waikato District Health Board due to the recent appointment of a commissioner. Local elections are held every three years and elected members serve a three-year term. Submitting your nomination There are different nomination forms for the different elected positions: mayor, councillor, community board member. Download the right form from our website from tomorrow, fill it in on your computer, print it, sign it, then either lodge them at one of our Council offices or post them to: The Electoral Officer Thames-Coromandel District Council C/- Independent Election Services Ltd PO Box 5135 Wellesley Street Auckland 1141 Typing directly into the editable forms means the information is legible and reduces the scope for error. Each nomination lodged requires a deposit of $200 (GST inclusive), which is refunded if the candidate polls greater than 25 percent of the lowest successful candidate. The nomination deposit can be paid by electronic bank transfer, eftpos or cash. Electronic bank payment details are: Account name: Independent Election Services Ltd Bank: ANZ Account number: 01 0102 0437238 01 Particulars: your initials and surname Code: TCDC Reference: Nomination Cheques will also be accepted. If a cheque is dishonoured, then the nomination is invalidated. Cheques should be payable to: Independent Election Services Ltd. Don’t leave lodging your nomination papers to the last minute. Election Services will check nomination papers to make sure they’ve been filled out correctly, that the candidate is on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll, and that the two nominators are on the electoral roll for the district, ward or community board area the candidate is standing for. If nomination papers are lodged at the last minute and there is a mistake or ineligible nominators are provided, there may not be enough time to make corrections. Nomination papers can be returned by mail but if they’re received by the electoral officer or electoral official after the close of nominations at noon on 16 August, the nomination is invalid. The 2019 Candidate Information Handbook contains all the information you need to know about candidate eligibility, the nomination process, pay for elected members, campaigning, electoral donations and expenses, voting, and much more. To find out more about our Council, its finances, topical issues, planned future direction and focus areas, read the 2019 Pre-Election Report. It’s available on our website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/elections or at any of our Council offices. The report is prepared independently of elected members and is not a political document.